Sanford Tousey

American author and illustrator.  He illustrated a number of children's books by other authors and quite a few books written by himself too. Most of his books have a Western theme, featuring ranches, Cowboys and Indians, rustlers, etc. Horses unsurprisingly appear in most of these books. For the most part his pony books are aimed at younger children and many have full colour illustrations. Most are reasonably easy to find in the USA, although the Chinky books are very rare.

In a genre where there is not much on offer for the younger male pony lover, these books are all well-suited.

Cowboy Tommy Series:
Short ranching series about a young boy who goes to stay on his grandpa's ranch. Not sure how much horse content.

1) COWBOY TOMMY
(DOUBLEDAY [USA] 1932)
ILLUSTRATED BY THE AUTHOR

2) COWBOY TOMMY'S ROUND-UP
(DOUBLESAY [USA] 1934)
ILLUSTRATED BY THE AUTHOR

Collector's Info:
Both reasonably easy to find in the USA, although harder elsewhere.

Chinky Series:
Short picture book series about a Banker Pony (a lesser known breed of American pony similar to the Chincoteague Pony)

1) CHINKY THE BANKER PONY
(DOUBLEDAY [USA] 1937)
ILLUSTRATED BY THE AUTHOR
Very rare.
Also contained in a collected volume  published by Doubleday in 1960 and containing a number of other short children's novels. Has new illustrations by Robert Maclean.

2) CHINKY JOINS THE CIRCUS
(DOUBLESAY [USA] 1938)
ILLUSTRATED BY THE AUTHOR
Very rare.
SUMMARY: Chinky's further adventures, when he joins a circus.

Other Editions:

THE BEST IN CHILDREN'S BOOKS VOL 32
(DOUBLEDAY [USA] 1960)
ILLUSTRATED BY ROBERT MACLEAN
SUMMARY: Collection containing a number of short children's novels. It includes CHINKER THE BANKER PONY (see above). It does not appear to have been abridged although has illustrations by Robert Maclean.

Collector's Info:
Both of these books are very rare and can be expensive. The first book was also contained in a collected volume of short children's novels which is easier to find than the original, at least in the USA.

Other Horse & Pony Books:

JERRY AND THE PONY EXPRESS
(DOUBLEDAY [USA] 1936)
ILLUSTRATED BY THE AUTHOR
Reprinted in hardback by Doubleday.
SUMMARY: When young Jerry meets a Pony Express rider from the new station which has started up near his father's ranch, he is determined to become a Pony Express Rider himself.

VAL RIDES THE OREGON TRAIL
(DOUBLEDAY [USA] 1939)
ILLUSTRATED BY THE AUTHOR
Reprinted in hardback by Doubleday.
Published in abridged form with different illustrations in a collected volume called THE BEST IN CHILDREN'S BOOKS VOL 12  (See below for more information)
EDITIONS PICTURED: 1st edition, Abridged version in collected volume.
SUMMARY: A boy and his mule ride the Oregon Trail.

NED AND THE RUSTLERS
(WHITMAN [USA] 1941)
ILLUSTRATED BY THE AUTHOR
Reprinted in hardback by Whitman
SUMMARY: Ranching story. Young Ned and his cowpony Cap set out to help look for the cattle rustlers who have stolen some cows from their ranch.

OLD BLUE THE COW PONY
(WHITMAN [USA] 1942)
ILLUSTRATED BY THE AUTHOR
Reprinted in hardback by Whitman
SUMMARY: Based on the true story of the famous cow pony called Old Blue.

LITTLE BEAR'S PINTO PONY
(WHITMAN [USA] 1943)
ILLUSTRATED BY THE AUTHOR
Reprinted in hardback by Whitman
SUMMARY: When his father goes missing, Indian boy Little Bear runs off from the reservation with his pinto pony.

WHITE PRINCE THE ARABIAN HORSE
(WHITMAN [USA] 1945)
ILLUSTRATED BY THE AUTHOR
Reprinted in hardback by Whitman
SUMMARY: Younger readers historical pony story with lots of colour pictures. Young Alf falls in love with an Arabian colt when he visits the circus. He is overjoyed when the colt strays to the family ranch and he is allowed to look after him until the circus arrive back in town. Together with his Indian pal, Red Feather, he teaches Prince to do lots of tricks. But then the circus comes back - will the boys have to say goodbye forever to their equine friend?
PONYMAD RATING: 3 HORSESHOES
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BILL AND THE CIRCUS
(WHITMAN [USA] 1947)
ILLUSTRATED BY THE AUTHOR
SUMMARY: Bill and his horse Ginger get a job as a trick rider in the circus, but Ginger is frightened of the elephants….

HORSEMAN HAL
(DOUBLEDAY [USA] 1950)
ILLUSTRATED BY THE AUTHOR
SUMMARY: Hal must prove he is worthy before his father will give him a cow pony of his own.

A PONY FOR THE BOYS
(HOUGHTON MIFFLIN [USA] 1950)
ILLUSTRATED BY THE AUTHOR
SUMMARY: Oliver tries to think of ways to make money to buy a horse and cowboy garb.

Other Editions:

THE BEST IN CHILDREN'S BOOKS VOLUME 12
(DOUBLEDAY 1958)
ILLUSTRATED BY EDWARD SHENTON
SUMMARY: Collection containing a number of short children's novels. It includes VAL AND THE OREGON TRAIL (see above) in an abridged form with illustrations by Edward Shenton rather than the author.


Collector's Info:
In general these are reasonably easy to find in the USA. Old Blue is perhaps slightly rarer than the others and can be a bit more expensive. All the books are hard to find elsewhere.